Atletico Madrid has rejected a €50 m offer by Juventus for Alvaro Morata, according to Spanish daily Marca.
The bid was made at the behest of new coach Andrea Pirlo, who played alongside the Turin striker in the 2014-15 season, it’s said.
There have been rising reports in Madrid that Morata is unhappy and that coach Diego Simeone has been calling for him to leave this summer.
Atleti doesn’t want to sell again, having just purchased the Chelsea forward for a total of €63 m.
In January 2019, it was a €7 m loan with an option to purchase for an extra €56 m in July 2020. His deal has a €150-million release clause and Marca says Atletico Madrid has told Juventus to activate that or raise their bid considerably.
Juve is looking for a center-forward, but Edin Dzeko’s first choice is increasingly likely to remain in Roma, while Luis Suarez is trying to secure an exit from Barcelona.
Suarez wants to request an Italian passport because Weston McKennie, of Schalke, has already taken up a non-EU spot in the Juventus squad.
Suarez’s wife has Italian roots, meaning that while the timing remains to be seen, the records can be obtained.